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Old 03-10-2002, 01:36 PM   #1
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Can anyone help! I'm looking for the origin of where the name REUEL come's from i'ts our son's middle name
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Old 03-10-2002, 01:47 PM   #2
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Welcome to the Board. [img]smilies/biggrin.gif[/img] Sorry, I can't help you. [img]smilies/frown.gif[/img]
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Old 03-10-2002, 02:00 PM   #3
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It's a Biblical name, that's all I know. Sorry! [img]smilies/frown.gif[/img]
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Old 03-10-2002, 02:03 PM   #4
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Here's what I found. It is a Hebrew name, meaning "friend of God".

The father of Moses’ wife Zipporah is named Reuel. (Exodus 2:18)
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Old 03-10-2002, 02:14 PM   #5
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The Prof phil himself wrote:
"Of course there is always Reuel. This was (I believe) the surname of a friend of my grandfather. The family believed it to be French (which is formally possible); but if so it is an odd chance that it appears twice in the O[ld] T[estament] as an unexplained other name for Jethro Moses' father-in-law. All my children, and my children's children, and their children, have the name."
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Old 03-10-2002, 02:35 PM   #6
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In the Tolkien clan it was a family name. J.R.R.'s father had the middle name of "Reul", too. As for where it comes from (aside from the Old Testament) I have no idea.
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Old 03-10-2002, 02:45 PM   #7
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It could be German-derived - "Reue" means Repentance, and "to repent" is Reuen - maybe it came from that root. Probably not, but just a thought.
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Old 03-10-2002, 03:19 PM   #8
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this is interesting!
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